Tattle: Taylor Swift is never, ever getting back with Harry Styles

Posted: January 09, 2013

T AYLOR SWIFT is going in another

Direction.

Life & Style reports that she has split with Harry Styles.

The puppy-love affair of the century lasted two months.

"They are both really busy and never in one place for long," an unnamed source told Life & Style. "Harry's really upset about the split and is really sensitive about it. Loads of his friends told him to be careful and that it was never going to last, and he feels a little foolish now that it's fallen apart so quickly."

Chin up, Harry. Everyone knew Swift stood for how quickly you were going to be kicked to the curb.

But it sure did look like love when the pair was first caught holding hands on the set of "The X Factor" in mid-November, when they were caught skiing in Utah in December and smooching on New Year's Eve.

But like fame, infatuation can be fleeting.

And the new albums from Taylor and One Direction have been out since the fall.

* Speaking of publicity romances, cafemom.com reports that Katie Holmes has been dating former Taylor Swift/ Reese Witherspoon beau Jake Gyllenhaal.

When we mentioned this to Ms. Tattle, Molly Eichel, she laughed.

Tattle on Broadway

* After 30 years, Bette Midler is returning to Broadway to star in John Logan's new play, "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers."

The show opens April 24 at a Shubert theater TBD.

Midler will play the legendary Hollywood agent in the one-character play.

Maura Tierney ("ER," "Newsradio," "Rescue Me," "The Good Wife") will make her Broadway debut as Tom Hanks' wife in the late Nora Ephron's last play, "Lucky Guy."

It begins previews March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Hanks will play Mike McAlary, a New York City newspaper columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing that a Haitian immigrant had been sodomized by police in 1997.

Courtney B. Vance has signed on to play McAlary's editor. Also in the cast is Hanks' former "Bosom Buddies" co-star Peter Scolari.

* Following a six-year run on Broadway, "Mary Poppins" will soon be doling out her last spoonful of sugar.

An official close to the show's producers said the musical will end performances at the New Amsterdam Theatre in March. It will eventually be replaced by a musical adapted from the film "Aladdin."

So "A Whole New World" won't be so new after all.

We await the headline announcing Aladdin and Jasmine injured in fall from magic carpet.

TATTBITS

* For the first time since Charlton Heston did it 40 years ago, the host of the Academy Awards will help announce the nominations.

Academy officials say Oscar host Seth MacFarlane will join Emma Stone on Thursday morning to reveal the nominees for the 85th annual Oscars.

* Negative attention continues to grow for Oxygen TV's proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten mothers.

The Parents Television Council on Monday asked Oxygen to shelve "All My Babies' Mamas" before it ever gets on the air, calling it "grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive."

Thank goodness we're past the end-of-the-world warnings because - for the first time - we kind of agree with the PTC.

Maybe we'd feel differently if the show had been called "The Real Child-Bearers of Atlanta."

* In other TV news, the third-season premiere of "Downton Abbey" drew 7.9 million viewers, nearly four times PBS' average prime-time audience.

Just think how many people would have watched if Matthew Crawley had ten children with ten women.

* The Kennedy Center in Washington is reviewing the way it selects artists who receive the high-profile Kennedy Center Honors each year after the National Hispanic Foundation said Latinos have been largely excluded.

The formal review announced Monday includes members of the Kennedy Center board and an 11-member artist advisory panel. The panel includes actress Debbie Allen, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Broadway actor Raul Esparza. It also will include representatives from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

The 35-year-old Kennedy Center Honors have become a major cultural prize that comes with a salute from the president and secretary of state.

Of the 150 or so honorees, two were Hispanic.

* The publishing arm of the Harvard Medical School is planning a series of short, original e-books on work, parenting, yoga and how to be a surgeon.

The books have a list price of $5.99, which is a lot cheaper than med school.

* The headline: "Stone Breasts Survive Lightning Strike."

The story from ABC News: "In what seems like a precision strike, a lightning bolt crashed down from the skies over Australia into a voluptuous Venus de Milo statue, with the breasts the only part of the torso surviving intact."

Admit it, when you first saw the headline you thought, "Darn, that Sharon Stone is tough."

-Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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